Posted by Westernboots SA on 8th Dec 2018

The Western Boot Guide

The Western Boot Guide


Just the mention of cowboy boots raises up a romantic visions of the Old West… creaking saloon doors, crackling campfires, lawmen with long-barrelled six-shooters, and month-long cattle drives across windswept grasslands.

Cowboy boots were initially modelled after Northern European horse riding boots, but gradually changed to suit the different needs of cowboys in the U.S. Southwest. The first true cowboy boots first appeared in the mid1800s, complete with higher heels and stylized stitching. Today, Western boots can be coarsely defined as a class of leather boots with a high heel and shaft and a design suitable for riding horses.

Western boots differ widely in their appearance, and may have a pointed (snip) or rounded toe, a Lower or higher heel, and a height anywhere from the ankles to knees.

You don’t have to be an actual cowboy or cowgirl to wear cowboy boots. Western boots are now a stylish footwear that can be seen on people from all walks of life. In addition being good for wrangling and roping, these boots are popular because of their toughness, practicality and rugged, different styles.

Which Western boot style is best for you? Westernboots SA has a wide selection of boots at excellent prices, and this guide to Western boots is intended to help you pick the right pair.

Parts of a Westernboot

Over the past century, each of the big Western boot manufacturers have developed their own boot-making methods. They use different lasts to mould the boots around. Therefore you can’t assume standardization of Western boot sizes between manufacturers, so you need to know how you fit in a particular brand of boot. This is where we come in to assist you. Our team knows each brand and style and give you expert advice on selecting the correct boot.

To ensure a good fit from your Western boots:

  • Pay attention to which boot brands, heels and toe shapes fit and feel best. You can find this information under the “product description” section.
  • When trying on boots, wear the same thickness of socks you would normally wear with Western boots.
  • Look for a snug fit, where a pull-on boot is held in place. New Western boots should feel snug, but not tight. The leather takes the form of your foot and they will break in overtime but won’t stretch a great deal.
  • Expect your heel to lift slightly when you walk – about half an inch off the insole of the boot.
  • Read our Boot Information guide for more information on the different toe and heel styles available on Westernboots SA.